Hondius, Antarctica

Excellent boat comfort

“Mountaineering”

Sarah P, United States United States
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Highlights

  • Highest Polar Class for ice-strengthened vessels
  • A fleet of zodiacs for land excursions
  • Hiking, photo workshops, and kayaking

The M/V Hondius Cruise Ship was built in 2019 to fulfill the standards for ice-strengthened vessels and the dedicated criteria for being environment-friendly as per the Polar Code. This Polar Class 6 vessel caters to 170 passengers in 83 cabins divided into grand and junior suites, along with superior, deluxe, window, and porthole cabins painted with biodegradable paint and with steam heating, LED lighting, and storage space. Varied performances, workshops, presentations, and exhibitions are open to participation in the lecture room and the observation lounge. The panoramic windows in the observation lounge, the stocked bar, and nourishing meals for distinct appetites are a sample of what is available to enjoy every moment of the trip.

Aboard the M/V Hondius, the itineraries are structured to meet the needs of first-time explorers who want to learn and rediscover the stars without light pollution or interact with different kinds of albatrosses and penguins. The Hondius also caters to the needs of the adrenaline-chasers who want to go camping, mountaineering, hiking, and kayaking. The fleet of zodiacs ensures a safe and speedy arrival on-shore and the return to uncompromising comfort aboard the Hondius. Every itinerary offers many activities, whether whale-watching at a moment’s notice or the observation of at least six different species of penguins up close while cruising through the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctica Peninsula.

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Included: VAT, Port Fees, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries.

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Laundry / Pressing Services, WiFi internet.

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Rooms with Balcony
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Welcome Cocktails

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2019
  • Length 107.6 meters
  • Beam 17.6 meters
  • Top speed 15 knots
  • Engines 2 x ABC main engines; total 4200 kW
  • Max guests 170
  • Number of cabins 83

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Hondius Reviews

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  1. Vessel
    9.9
  2. Crew
    9.6
  3. Food
    9.7
  4. Activities
    9.5
  5. Value
    9.2
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sarah P
  • United States United States
Excellent combination of activities, nice boat and professional staff

Mountaineering

Recommended for
Activities, rooms, staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tom S
  • United States United States
Unique, rewarding and fascinating

South Georgia, 7th continent, wildlife, natural ice wonders

Recommended for
Expedition staff, ship comfort and design, destinations
  • 10 Exceptional
  • David
  • United States United States
Amazing Once in a Lifetime Trip!

Walking with the penguins, Paradise Bay, Peterman Island, Port Lockroy with it’s Post Office!, zodiac cruises thru icebergs, close up encounters with Humpback whales from the zodiac, the sheer beauty of the White Continent!

Recommended for
The super positive attitude of the crew, the Hondius’s excellent qualities, the jaw dropping beauty of Antarctica
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Hongli W
  • United States United States
It was my life top experience

Cruising in The bay and take photos

Recommended for
The boat is very will design for Antarctica
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Lamont B
  • United States United States
Amazing!!

The landing at the Continental Antarctica site. The penguins and icebergs. It might have been one of the best staffing situations I've ever encountered. The staff that went out on 13th of December was nice literally all the way to Buenos Aires. Thanks very much !!!!

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Peaceful safe and kind!!!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Robert B
  • United States United States
The very best vacation I have ever taken ... and really glad I chose to take it on Hondius.

1. The Ross seal - a rare find. 2. Watching a parent penguin feeding its chick at close range. 3. The whales … at close range from a zodiac. 4. The photo ops … it was almost sensory overload. 5. The food … my God, they fed us well on that ship.

Recommended for
The wildlife, the people, and the company I chose to go with ... in that order.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Trevor P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
What an adventure

The amount of wildlife we saw. The variety of wildlife we saw and the friends I have made

Recommended for
Surprises every day. Getting so close to the wildlife. The very friendly feel the whole crew brought to the trip.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Glenn U
  • Netherlands Netherlands
It was a great experience visiting Antartica.

Embark from Ushuaia, Zodiac cruise, visiting different Islands and Lemaire channel.

Recommended for
Activities, The nature and the Crew Service.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Donette M
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Great trip of a lifetime

The wildlife and the Ice

Recommended for
Seeing South Georgia , Antarctica seeing the wild life
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Leonid F
  • Israel Israel
It was the best trip of my life!

Steeple Jason Island (Falkland), Salisbury Plain(South Georgia), Portal Point (Antarctica)

Recommended for
The beauty of wild nature, close communication with birds and animals, the harsh ocean.